Republican Health Care Efforts Would Harm Veterans, Report Says

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By Erin Schumaker

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would likely have negative consequences for veterans, a group that Republicans lawmakers typically champion, according to a report released by the nonprofit Rand Corporation on Thursday.

Between 2013 and 2015, when the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provision went into effect and boosted enrollment, the number of uninsured non-elderly veterans fell by 36 percent ― from 9.1 percent to 5.8 percent.

It’s a common misconception that all veterans are eligible for health benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to Rand, just more than half ― 56.8 percent of non-elderly veterans ― were eligible for VA health care in 2015. And of those eligible, only 38 percent of non-elderly veterans actually enroll in VA health care.

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